hello and welcome to this edition of nhk world "newsline." i'm raja pradhan where the news from tokyo. more civ ll in gaza. world leaders are struggling t end the violence between israe troops a. and now israeli military commanders say they'll boost their forces by thousands. soldiers attacked more than 10 locations in gaza in the 24-ho period to thursday morning. hamas militants fired rockets toward israel. health officials in gaza say o wednesday that more than 100
people were killed. they say the death toll has topped 1,300 and they say more than two-thirds of the dead ar civilians. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon condemned the attack o a school used as a shelter in no 15 people were killed. >> i condemn this attack in th strongest possible terms. nothing, nothing justifies suc a horror. >> about 225,000 palestinians are taking shelter at 86 u.n. facilities. >> translator: i had believed that the u.n. school would never be targeted. but now i'm afraid we could be th >> translator: i'm so scared to think the israeli military cou attack this school at any minute. >> israeli leaders are preparing to strengthen their offensive despite growing international criticism. a military spokesperson said a
additional 16,000 reservists will be called up. the fighting is taking a toll on the lives of gaza's residents, most of them lost electricity this week. israeli attacks on tuesday destroyed fuel tanks at gaza's only power plant. those who can't bake bread at home formed long lines at the few bakeries that have backup generators. >> translator: i had to wait f two and a half hours to buy tw bags of bread. >> translator: our house was i the north. it was destroyed and we have n place to live. we don't have flour, electrici or bread. i want to get something for my family to >> residents of upper floors i apartment buildings also lack water because the pumps have no power. the ebola outbreak in west africa has triggered fear and
concern among people in other continents. european nations are helping medical workers to contain the spread of the deadly virus. the outbreak began in guinea in march. it has spread to neighboring liberia and sierra leone. ebola has killed nearly 700 people in those countries. the french government has sent specialists from the institute pasture to the affected areas help quickly identify and isolate patients. officials will discuss additional mea swiss officials say that switzerland will provide nearl $600,000 to doctors without bo members of the aid group have been treating ebola patients i afri. european governments are also concerned that the virus could be brought into their countr by trave. the french foreign ministry is advising people visiting west africa to get the latest information and avoid affected areas. an international team of investigators has finally reached the crash site of
malaysia airlines mh17 in eastern ukraine. they could not access the site previously due to fighting nearby between ukrainian forces and separatists. officials from the for security and coope europe are accompanying the investigators they arrived on thursday, two weeks after the plane was shot down. the osce officials posted on twitter saying that four exper from the netherlands and australia reached the crash si via a new route. the experts arrived at the sit after the ukrainian government unilaterally declared a 24-hou truce. ukrainian government officials said on thursday that pro-russian separatists repeatedly shelled areas aroun the area. because the truce is for a limited time, it's unclear whether the experts can conduc a full investigation. russia has dismissed as unfounded u.s. accusations that it violated a nuclear
missile treaty. moscow complaints against t a u.s. government official issued a statement on monday saying russia violated the inte russia's foreign ministry on wednesday said the allegations are completely baseless. the ministry noted a planned u.s. defense system in eastern europe capable of launching mi range missiles is banned u the . the treaty was signed by russi and the united states in 1987 a symbol of detent. it was designed to eliminate ground-launched with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers. it bans their possession, production and testing. the exchange of accusations took place amid a deepening rif between russia and the united states over moscow ukraine crisis. authorities in north korea
say their investigation into the fate of missing japanese nationals is under way. they set up a special committee earlier this month, but authorities from japan and other nations are focusing on whether or not the probe will help resolve the abduction issue. >> reporter:he its special investigation committee after representative from the new body is responsible for conducting what is supposed to be a new and thorough inquiry into all japanese nationals in north korea. this covers those allegedly abducted by north korean agent officials in pyongyang say the committee has been granted a special mandate. the group will take their direction from the national defense commission, the country's supreme body, to investigate all institutions. japanese government officials have judged that north korea's investigators will be able to conduct an effective probe. prime minister shinzo abe has
lifted some of the sanctions japan had imposed on the north. they're now paying close attention to how and when thei counterparts in the north will report their findings. >> translator: both governments agree that the initial results should be reported between lat summer and early autumn of thi year. >> reporter: north korean military leaders have been launching short-range ballisti missiles and rockets while the investigation is taking place. they say their actions are in response to criticism from the u.s. and south korea. they also say it's within the country's lawful rights to protect its autonomy. >> kim chul-woo is with the
korea institute for defense analysis. he tells us what north korea's recent action could mean. >> stalled followed by indicate pyongyang's cha position, unlike the earlier insistence that the abduction issue had been settled and disclosed all information on them. pyongy ve symbol to get out of imposed even by close ally china. in that sense, the special investigation committee for japanese people in north korea is likely to be more thorough than before. the committee may check japanese spouses who moved to the north with their korean partners to prove its sincerity. the powerful ministe ri provide meaningful results regarding the ja north korea. the park guen-hye government would closely monitor evolving bilateral relations,
particularly seoul focuses on the effects lifting sanctions that have imposed on the north including travel ban, money transfer, and port call. seoul has had diverse lessons learned from a series of peace offensive by pyongyang. rhetorical agreements do not match with the wishful expectations. only verifiable actions are re messages. korean people are curious and paying close attention to whether or when prime minister shinzo abe will visit pyongyan there are wide speculation of cross recognition of the two koreas. in response to more intimated relations between seoul and beijing, the abe administratio is mulling over how to handle his pyongyang visit. the vast korean people's perceptions of the reemerging abduction issue. the international community did not endorse kim jong-un's nuclear missile ambitions.
even humanitarian approaches have been rewarded with southe provocations. therefore, easing sanctions should have done after verification of north korea's speedy inquiry and substantial find north korea has been showing off its mobile missile capabilitie with southern firings of 100 rounds within five months. recent provocative scud missile firi demilitarized zone making surpri at any time. consider the reality of securi situation on the korean peninsula, japan should contin to abide b sanctions. japanese easing sanctions cann be separated from u.n.-led sa with the kim jong-un reckless missile launches on the one hand and olive branch on the other, north korea creating a sense of urgency in northeast asia.
it's unclear is w japan's demands to resolve the abduction issue. i believe in tokyo's willingne to differentiate abduction related lifting sanctions and u.s.-led nuclear-led sanctions whatever the outcomes of pyongyang's new investigation, japan should not make holes in international collaboration. even a partial thaw could provide pyongyang with a small but potentially meaningful boost for the wmd development. in other news the philippines central bank raise its key interest rate for the first time in more than three years. dhra dhirakaosal in bangkok is following the story. >> t mala d july to raise its interest rat toward a trend in monetary policy in southeast asia. the policymakers of the philippines central bank decid
at a board meeting on thursday to raise the benchmark interes rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.75%. it was the first hike for philippines since may of 201 the move is aimed at choking off inflatio food and fuel prices in the philippines have been rising since a massive typhoon hit th central part of the country la no. the consumer price index for june was up 4.4% from a year ago. the figure has been hovering above the benchmark rate for the philippines has also been seeing an inflow of money due to the monetary easing measures b the u.s. federal reserve. the spillover is heightening worries about a surge of real estate prices. >> the monetary board's decisi is a preemptive response to signs of inflation pressures and
elevated inflation expectations. >> markets sources have been moving money i estate markets in southeast asia, ever since the u.s. loosened its monetary policy. they say if local food prices continue to rise, the philippine under pressure to take furthermore drastic steps. the phis country in southeast a hike ma two mo officials in western india said on th from least 25. around 150 people are still trap. continuing rain and poor communications in the remote area are slowing rescue workers' efforts to rea
the workers and local people d thro debris of shat village of maharashtra state. the landslide hit a village early wednesday. reuters says 46 houses were washed away. >> translator: in our hous there were eight people of whi two survived but the other six are buried in the mud. >> my past experience is we cannot rule out but chances ar very, very, very less. >> in another disaster in indi heavy rains have been wreaking havoc in the himalayan state o uttarakhand. flood killed four people and washed away several houses. rescue effort is under way and many people are feared trapped. in june last year, uttarakhand was hit by heaviest rainfall on record. 900 people died and more than
5,700 went missing. all sorts of d can throughout the world. india's commercial capital mumbai features a class of workers whose job is to delive to their husbands at work. the deliverymen are known for being extremely punctual as th efficiently navigate one of the world's most bustling and chaotic cities. abishang julia explains their secret. >> reporter: in mumbai, they a that has been around th. they a. every morning they deliver 200,000 lunch boxes. this service remains very popu this man has been a customer f 12 years.
he runs a stock trading compan and frequently has dinner out with his clien. for lunch he eats meals prepared by his wife. he pays about $12 a month for the delivery service. for his wife, that means she's spared having to wake up early to prepare his lunch because the dabbawalla picks up the lunch box after her husband leaves f work. she finishes making the lunch which is sealed with her affection for her husband. >> translator: i don't cook oi health. >> reporter: at 9:30 in the morning, the dabbawalla shows up.
the dabbawalla are assigned a each collects about 30 lunch boxes. the deliveryman heads towards the local train station. part of the delivery route is along the railroad, which runs across mumbai. lunch boxes are assorted according to destination and passed on to other deliverymen. there are about 500 delivery areas, but mixups are extremel ra. the secret to mumbai dabbawalla's accuracy a punctuality are the codes on t bo such outstanding reliability i made possible by these symbols. the terminal station, the stre address of the office and the deliveryman's i.d. number are marked on canning cases.
>> translator: we sort about 2,000 lunch boxes in one area. once you get used to it, it's easy to sort them out. >> reporter: vohra's lunch box is passed to another deliverer who heads to his office. shortly after noon, the dabbawalla arrives. >> translator: it's 20 past 12:00. as always. >> reporter: the constantly fluctuating nature of the stoc markets keep vohra in his offi all day. half past 1:00, he finally sit down for lunch. vohra is a vegetarian, and today his wife has cooked him potato sorted with spice, bean curry, and fried potatoes. on the side are indian bread
called chapati and rice. >> this is ric >> reporter: eating meals made by his wife provides vohra wit a sense of satisfaction and assurance. >> and it's always very good, so basically this is like part of >> reporter: the dabbawalla service is a part of everyday life in mumbai. these workers will continue to be part of a link of love and commitment between husbands an wives. abhishek dhulia, nhk world, mumbai. >> and that wrap i'm dhra dhirakaos members of a japanese prosecution inquest panel have been looking at how the operat of fukushima daiichi handled the
2011 disaster. they've decided that three former executives should be indict residents of fukushima prefecture and others filed criminal complaints in 2012 against more tha30 including officials of the tokyo electric power company. they cited the lack of precautions agai quakun the prosecutor september to dismiss the complaints so the residents and other plaintiffs took the issue to an independent judicial pan of citizens. they narrowed their target to six former tepco executives including the chairman at the time of the disaster. the panel concluded on thursda that katsumata two others shou stand trial. prosecutors will now decide whether to indic been deemed tr. katsumata told nhk that he i no position to comment on the panel's judgment. japanese health authoritie say people in the country are living longer. they say the life expectancy f
japanese men has surpassed 80 years for the first time, and women top the world list for the second straigh. officials at the health, labor and welfare ministry say the average lifespan of a man was 80.21 in 2013. japanese men behind hong kong, iceland an meanwhile, the average life expectancy for women now stand at 86.61. both figures beat previous record officials say they expect the life span of japanese people t keep they say it's because of the country's advanced medical system, healthy eating habits and housing environment. two japanese cities, two atomic bombings that changed history. tens of thousands of people di in an instant in august 1945. survivors were left suffering the ruins. "newsline" will show you how
they've been passing down thei experiences and sharing messag about world peace. join us for our special coverage, "remembering hiroshi and nagasaki" starting monday, august 4th. high school students from japan and china have seen relations between their countries go through a rough patch. but togeey bounda they've spent the past year taking part in exc organized by the japanese government and they're hoping others can learn from their experience. nhk world's tomoki matsuda explains. >> reporter: chinese exchange students gather for completion ceremony. liu muyan is one of the 30 students from china. he went to high school in nagano city in central japan.
>> translator: it's been a fun and fulfilling year. thank you very much. i love you all. >> reporter: on the first day of school, liu was nervous. liu was quick to explain why he chose japan to experience life abro. his love of japanese anime. but he thought japanese would be strong and hard to get along with. liu found things to be very different.
>> translator: i didn't know what. where will i eat lunch? will i eat with others or eat alone? but they came and invited many -- me to eat with them. that made me f. >> reporter: atsuyuki maeda is one of his friends. liu is staying in his house and taught him chinese. the two talked about the histo of japan and china. liu's hometown is shangyian. in 1931, an expl to the expansion of japan's military activities in china. >> translator: liu told me on the anniversary of the inciden
people driving in shangyian honk their horns. i was very sur history. >> reporter: they're comparing their textbooks and discussi how histor countr >> translator: there is no problem history. i think it's better to discuss and discover the real truth. >> translator: now that we hav become friends, i feel strongl that our countries should not figh >> reporter: before he left, liu's classmates held a farewe party.